Christmas pet scams – A warning to consumers and our top tips to avoid them!

March 20, 2022

Christmas is coming and Christmas Pet Scams are targeting consumers on an industrialThere’s little doubt that Christmas is one of the most popular times to buy a pet for a loved one, whether a puppy, kitten, or other animal companion. However, did you know that Christmas is also the single most profitable time of year for scammers who claim to sell pets that do not exist? At, we unfortunately see an increase of up to 25% in victims in the run up to Christmas, particularly in November and December.

The reasons why consumers are more susceptible to Christmas pet scams is not only because they really want an animal to surprise a family member with, but also because scammers during this period create very convincing websites that advertise “special Christmas offers” with images of animals wearing festive hats and other christmas related content that is tailor-made to hook unsuspecting consumers in. Therefore, our Christmas advice on behalf of the team to help consumers during this time of the year is the following:

1) Always try and visit your desired pet in-person to check that it exists. If this is not possible, at the very least insist on a live video-chat with the breeder so that they can show you the mother and the litter.

2) Use a legitimate breeders directory to find a breeder, for example the American Kennel Club’s website. Most countries have one.

3) Be careful of “too good to be true” prices. Legitimate breeders will never offer huge discounts on their litters.

To quote an old nursery rhyme – “Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.” Don’t let scammers get fat from your money this Christmas!

The BBB have again added a warning to consumers on their Twelve Scams Of Christmas

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What to do next?

As well as reporting this to the Registrar it is very important to report this crime to your local Law Enforcment. We have compiled a list of Law Enforcement agencies worldwide.You can find a link (here) as well as reporting wire fraud using money transfer agencies (here).

If you live in the US it is important to report this scam to the BBB. Click here to see why. As well as the Better Business Bureau you should report this crime to the Federal Trade Commission. See Here

One Response

  1. Major problem is FACEBOOK are not interested in banning SCAM advertising for puppy sales.
    Strictly speaking sales are not allowed under FB rules but scammers are ignoring rule and FB don’t care.
    They do not react to complaints and continue to allow FB users to be scammed.


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